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Guidelines for Students on Exceptional Circumstances

These Guidelines took effect from 1 November 2022 and apply to assessments with deadlines on or after this date. (The previous Guidelines for Students on Exceptional Circumstances which applied to assessments with deadline up to and including 31 October 2022 are still available for reference).

Things may not always go to plan during your time at University; something may happen that has an impact on you personally and, therefore, on your academic progress.  If any such factors have a significant effect on you and your studies (especially around the time of assessment deadlines or exams), you should always let someone in your School know at the earliest opportunity.

Download the Student Exceptional Circumstances Application Form 2022-23 (10 November 2022).

Details of the University deadlines for exceptional circumstances are available on the Key Dates section of the website.

This guide will help you understand what exceptional circumstances are and explain how and when you should inform your School.  It is essential that you read the University Study Regulations in conjunction with this guide.  In the event of any confusion, the University will rely on the Regulations in order to reach a decision.

If you require assistance you should, in the first instance, contact your School Office

If you require advice on how your circumstances will affect your academic progression, you should contact your Personal Tutor or Adviser of Studies. 

If you require guidance, such as how to complete the ‌Student Exceptional Circumstances Application Form 2022-23 or on the procedures in relation to the submission of exceptional circumstances to your School, you should contact Advice SU‌.